15 Women-Owned Ethical Fashion Brands to Support

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Though the fashion industry is largely dominated by women, particularly as garment workers, gender inequality at the executive level is striking — just 14% of the top 50 global fashion brands are led by women.

We are proud to go against the status quo. We are a women-owned business committed to elevating other women-led brands working to create a more responsible, sustainable, and diverse fashion industry.

In celebration of the incredible women designers in the ethical fashion space, we rounded up 15 women-owned fashion brands available on our site. From a zero-waste fashion label working with artisans in Cambodia to a jewelry brand crafting pieces right here in Portland, we are proud to carry a variety of women-owned fashion brands worth supporting. 

1. Mien

The sustainable and ethical clothing line Mien is made for the chic, modern woman and can easily be adapted for every stage of womanhood — and motherhood — from pregnancy to nursing. Mien’s distinctive roomy designs are size inclusive and range from XS to 3XL.

Mien uses premium, preshrunk eco-friendly fabrics like bamboo, modal, linen, 100% GOTS certified organic cotton, and use AZO-free dyes across their entire line. Mien’s clothing is easy to wear, easy to care for, and never needs dry cleaning. Mien is a woman-owned and women-founded company manufacturing all their garments in small batches in Los Angeles, California paying fair, living wages to all their employees and makers.

Values: Sustainable, Vegan, Made In USA

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2. Altar

Founded by Amy Fox and Cassie Ridgway, Altar is a Portland-based fashion label creating pieces from start to finish in the U.S. Their pieces are made-to-order and designed, patterned, cut, and sewn in Los Angeles, California and Portland, Oregon. Altar’s gorgeous garments are made from organic and naturally dyed textiles, as well as deadstock fabrics and American-milled textiles when possible. Altar is also committed to sustainable job creation for women and ensures all employees earn living wages.

Values: Sustainable, Fair Trade, Made in USA

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Altar

3. 337 Brand

337 Brand is a leisurewear brand that creates comfortable, timeless pieces that work with any season. Made locally in Brooklyn and Queens, NYC, every piece is made from environmentally friendly, sustainable materials sourced from the United States and Canada.

Materials like GOTS certified organic cotton, upcycled cotton, recycled polyester, and rayon made from mechanically processed bamboo. 337 Brand also plants one tree per order through a non-profit that invests in areas impacted by deforestation. 337 Brand is a women-owned company that is striving towards being completely zero waste.

Values: Made In USA, Sustainable, Vegan

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336

4. Abby Alley

Abby Alley created her namesake fashion brand to celebrate the work of artisans in East Africa she had met throughout her travels to the region. The ethical brand works with skilled artisans in Kenya and Tanzania who handcraft beautiful bags from locally sourced Masaai cow leather. Women artisans then hand-stitch traditional Masaai beadwork on the bags (working from their homes, enabling them to stay with their families as they earn a living from their crafts).

To ensure sustainable job opportunities for their artisans, Abby Alley works with artisan cooperatives that guarantee fair wages and safe working environments. The artisan makers earn three times the standard rates for the region — plus they earn provisions for healthcare and transportation.

Values: Fair Trade, Heritage

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5. Darzah

Darzah is an ethical fashion brand, part of the 501(c)3 nonprofit Child’s Cup Full, that was created by our owner and founder, Cayley Pater, and the non-profit’s founder, Dr. Janette Habashi. The social enterprise specializes in tatreez embroidery — an ancient, traditional art from Palestine that has been passed down for generations.

Each of Darzah’s pieces are handcrafted from locally sourced leather and are hand-embroidered by refugee and low-income women artisans who earn fair wages for their work. The Fair Trade Federation member’s mission is to celebrate the art of tatreez embroidery and Palestine’s rich cultural heritage while providing economic opportunities for women artisans in Palestine’s West Bank.

Values: Fair Trade, Heritage, Sustainable

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Darzah

6. Coclico

Comfortable, beautiful, sustainable, and timeless. These are the values of the incredible shoe brand Coclico. Coclico’s founder Sandra Canselier descends from a long line of French shoemakers and sources materials locally in Europe, near the small, family-run factory in Mallorca, Spain where every pair of Coclico shoes is handmade.

Coclico also sources leather from tanneries that comply with rigorous standards of both beauty and sustainability. Each pair of shoes is constructed using recycled and renewable components such as cork and natural woods. Coclico adheres to the highest standards of ethical and environmental responsibility and is completely carbon neutral, purchasing carbon credits each year to offset their carbon emissions. Each artisan shoemaker handcrafting Coclico’s shoes is paid a living wage and as a result, their artisans take great pride in and ensure the consistent quality of each pair of these exceptional shoes.

Values: Fair Trade, Heritage, Sustainable

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7. Salt + Umber

Salt + Umber is a conscious, earth-minded brand with women empowerment at their core. They are a women-owned business that celebrates women-run businesses and provides sustainable employment opportunities for women throughout India.

Each small batch of handmade Salt + Umber products is made in factories approved by the Sedex Members Ethical Trading Audit (SMETA), and the brand has a micro-loan program integrated into their production process for the rural Indian women hand-weaving their thoughtfully made products.

Values: Fair Trade, Heritage, Vegan

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Salt Umber

8. Mata Traders

Fair trade and ethical fashion brand Mata Traders is on a mission to create beautiful, slow made, and exceptionally designed clothes for the modern woman.

Each piece of Mata Traders clothing is made by a co-op of women artisans in India and Nepal who use heritage art forms to craft beautiful dresses, jewelry clothing, and accessories. Mata’s artisan partners use a variety of traditional embroidery, and block printing techniques to adorn each Mata Trader’s piece with bold, vibrant, elegant, and colorful prints. Mata Traders is women-owned and women-run and pays fair living wages to all their women artisan partners.

Values: Fair Trade, Sustainable, Vegan

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Mata

9. Passion Lilie

Passion Lilie is a women-run, fair trade, and sustainable clothing line with a mission to create dignified job opportunities for craftspeople dedicated to preserving heritage techniques. Passion Lilie’s designs are made with artisanal block printed and handwoven ikat fabrics in timeless designs for effortless style. All of their pieces are 100% cotton, and they use as much GOTS-certified organic cotton as possible.

Passion Lilie is a member of the Fair Trade Federation, which focuses on creating long-term relationships with artisans built on transparency and trust. With honesty and respect at its core, this sustainable fashion brand is committed to supporting both people and the environment. They thoughtfully source their materials by using natural fibers and eco-friendly dyes, and they support economic stability by providing their artisans with fair living wages and safe working conditions.

Values: Sustainable, Fair Trade, Vegan

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Passion Lilie

10. Days of August

Marie-Pier Labelle — the founder, designer, and maker of Days of August — is dedicated to crafting sustainable, consciously made jewelry. All of Days of August’s pieces are crafted, filed, polished, sanded, and spot-welded by hand with locally sourced, reclaimed stainless steel.

The brand is also carbon neutral. The studio where all of Days of August’s jewelry is created is powered by solar panels, and each year, Days of August plants more than 300 trees in rural South Australia to offset emissions.

Values: Fair Trade, Sustainable, Vegan

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Days Of August

11. Thunderpants

Celeste Sipes, the founder of Thunderpants, is passionate about creating uncompromising, comfortable, and high-quality underwear that women will love. Thunderpants’s undergarments are made responsibly and can be traced from start to finish. The underwear is made from Fair Trade Certified organic cotton from New Zealand, and is dyed and milled in Australia before being sent to a women-owned factory in Oregon, where the underwear is cut and sewn.

Thunderpants has both versatile solids and eye-catching prints in their collection of undergarments. The fun, unique Thunderpants pieces are designed by local artists from Portland, Oregon.

Values: Fair Trade, Sustainable, Vegan, Made In USA

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12. HOZEN

Hozen creates show-stopping, high fashion bags made from Piñatex® (leather derived from pineapple leaf fibers) and Bio-Poly oils (grain-based eco-friendly polyurethane).

All Hozen’s sustainable, vegan leather handbags and accessories are ethically made in Los Angeles, California. Their products also use recycled plastic or organic twill lining, zippers, and thread from 100% post-consumer recycled plastic, natural rubber, remnant rope, recycled cotton labels, and vegan adhesive. Each bag is 100% animal-free, PETA approved, and made in small batches with minimal waste. Hozen is a women-owned company, pays living wages, and donates 10% of its profits to the non-profit Mercy for Animals.

Values: Sustainable, USA Made, Vegan

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HOZEN

13. Mary Young

Mary Young’s super comfy underwear, basics, and loungewear is made from Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) and OEKO-TEX certified bamboo rayon yarn. All of Mary Young’s soft underwire- and “reshaping”-free pieces are designed in Toronto and made in Montreal, Canada.

Values: Sustainable, Vegan

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Mary Young

14. Milo + Nicki

Milo + Nicki creates earth-friendly, cruelty-free clothing made from banana fabric. The conscious brand’s versatile and sustainably made collection is handwoven from banana tree waste — which is a byproduct of the banana harvesting process.⁠ This banana tree waste is woven into fabric by female weavers in India using a 100% carbon neutral process and is hand-dyed with plant-based indigo and madder root. These weavers work in safe conditions and receive fair wages for their craft.

Values: Sustainable, Vegan, Fair Trade, Heritage

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15. Swahili Coast Design

Swahili Coast Design is a worker-owned, worker-managed, worker-financed artisan co-op. The fair trade brand’s worker-owned cooperatives are located in Tanzania and Kenya, where co-op members earn fair wages, have safe working conditions, and have opportunities for growth. Eighty percent of these co-op members are women, making Swahili Coast a majority women-owned organization.

Values: Fair Trade, Sustainable, Heritage

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Swahili Coast Design Ethical Fashion Brand

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